Not getting your arthouse fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime Video? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, the subscription VOD service that hand-picks new and old classics from around the world.
Following its two exclusive acquisitions from the London Film Festival, MUBI gets in the mood for Halloween this week, with not just one but the whole of Wes Craven’s Scream trilogy – and a splash of Hitchcock for good measure.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
The Lady Vanishes
Hitchcock’s 1938 classic sees a train-full of passengers holed up in a small hotel for the night, just after the mysterious disappearance of an old governess. One young socialite investigates…
Days of Heaven – 23rd October
Where else would you find Terrence Malick other than MUBI? The SVOD service takes us back to his 1978 classic, which follows a young steelworker who accidentally kills his boss at the turn of the century and goes on the run with his girlfriend and little sister.
The Little Foxes – 24th October
MUBI’s William Wyler retrospective continues with his 1941 family drama about the ruthless, rich Hubbard family in the deep South of the America.
Standard Operating Procedure – 25th October
The inimitable documentarian Errol Morris asks provocative questions in this 2008 exploration about the infamous photos taken of US soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.
Scream – 27th October
Wes Craven’s spoof inspired a ton of copycat movies when it first arrived in 1996. Smart and dumb, scary and silly, and never less than entertaining, Scream one of the best horror comedies of the modern era. The fact that it could be one of the best horrors too says it all. The frighteningly good thing? MUBI is adding all three of the Scream films over the next three days for a trilogy.
Other new releases on MUBI
With I, Daniel Blake out in cinemas, MUBI holds its own mini-Ken Loach retrospective. First up, Sweet Sixteen. Martin Compton stars in the director’s modern British classic, which follows teenager Liam’s attempts to raise money to buy a home, after his mother gets out of prison.
Looking for Eric
Eric the postman is slipping through his own fingers… His chaotic family, his wild stepsons, and the cement mixer in the front garden don’t help, but it is Eric’s own secret that drives him to the brink. Can he face Lily, the woman he once loved? In desperate times, it takes a spliff and a special friend to challenge Eric to turn his life around: Eric Cantona. Ken Loach’s fantasy drama blends kitchen sink realism with unexpectedly upbeat comedy, boasting charming turns from both Steve Evets and Cantona himself.
LFF: Further Beyond
MUBI’s first of two London Film Festival acquisitions this year is Further Beyond (pictured at the top), an anti-biopic of Ambrosio O’Higgins, First Marquis of Osorno, who left Ireland to become a Spanish colonial administrator, before winding up Captain General of Chile and Viceroy of Peru. Rather than tell it straight, director Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor deconstruct that story, questioning everything through voiceover and using an actor to re-enact the journey.
LFF: Lupe Under the Sun
MUBI’s second acquisition (pictured above) is a poetic, neo-realist portrait of a Mexican itinerant worker, Lupe, in California.
Mike Nichols classic war satire, adapted from Joseph Heller’s novel, sees a bombardier in World War II desperately trying to escape the insanity of the conflict.
MUBI’s William Wyler retrospective continues with his 1939 take on the Emily Bronte novel, starring Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff.
City of God meets the Holy Land in this 2009 Israeli crime sage, which went on to be nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
Jack Hill’s 70s action flick detailing the lives of high school-aged female gang members blends subversive gender politics with exploitation cinema.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 22nd October
Available until end of: 23rd October
The Blue Room
Available until end of: 24th October
Broadway by Light
Available until end of: 25th October
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
Available until end of: 26th October
The Model Couple
Available until end of: 27th October
Available until end of: 28th October
For You I Will Fight
Available until end of: 29th October
White Turnips Make It Hard to Sleep
Available until end of: 30th October
Available until end of: 31st October
Available until end of: 1st November